This easy homemade pizza recipe is easy to make using ingredients you already have at home! Don’t be afraid to try it! These instructions make it very easy! You’ll find everything you need to make delicious homemade pizzas, including a recipe for homemade pizza dough, along with lots of tasty topping options and other homemade pizza recipe variations you’re sure to love!
Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe And Tips
This homemade pizza recipe is so versatile and can be used for so many things. I especially like to make it to use leftovers. Don’t be afraid. Read this homemade pizza recipe all the way through because our pizza dough is easy! It uses only a few everyday ingredients and we include methods to make it that are as easy as stirring up muffins. Even if you don’t want to make your crust from scratch, read on because there are many good ideas for toppings and other things.
I am also including our homemade pizza recipe for dough and crust from our cookbook. Before you panic and stop reading, thinking it will be too much work, read on a bit and see if you don’t have a change of heart.
This pizza dough recipe can be made several different ways using the same ingredients. Each one will give you a different type of crust so keep trying the different ways until you find which way your family prefers.
3 Methods For The Pizza Dough
Method 1 – This first method is very fast and very easy. If you are a pizza gourmet, you may not want to go this direction but if you are a harassed mom who has to have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less and have nothing in the house to eat, you will love this:
Mix the ingredients in the recipe below and knead about 10 times until smooth. Don’t let it rise. Just pat it into your pan. Add toppings and bake. Or you can make the crust first and let it sit rising four or five minutes while you prepare the toppings for it.
Method 2 – Mix the ingredients in the recipe using the original method or modify method 1 above by pressing or rolling dough on to pan and brushing with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and freeze. When you’re ready to use it, you don’t have to thaw it. Just bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
Method 3 – Mix ingredients, knead, place in a greased bowl, cover, and put in the fridge overnight. Roll it out and then let it rise about 15 minutes. Then top and bake.
Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
- Yield: 2 Medium Pizzas
1 cup warm water (120°)
1 pkg. or 1 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. oil (Olive oil is best)
2 tsp. crushed garlic (optional)
1 tsp. basil (optional)
1 tsp. thyme (optional)
1 tsp. oregano (optional)
2 1/2–3 cups flour
- Dissolve yeast in a bowl with warm water.
- Add sugar, salt and oil.
- Add spices as desired. Mix well.
- Gradually add flour to form a stiff dough.
- Knead on a floured surface until smooth.
- Place in greased bowl. Turn dough over in the bowl in order to grease both sides. Cover and let rise until doubled.
To freeze after first rising wrap in plastic wrap, put in freezer bag and freeze for up to 6 months.
To Make Your Homemade Pizza
Divide the dough in half for 2 medium pizzas or roll out the entire batch of dough for a 9×13 pan 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 5 minutes in an oven at 400 degrees so the dough does not become soggy.
Cover with pizza sauce. You can use a red pizza sauce like the recipe below or another sauce like an Alfredo sauce, garlic sauce or a tasty pesto. Add your choice of toppings and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees on a baking pan or pizza stone (like this one)* for about 15 minutes.
For A Standard “Supreme” Pizza:
Red pizza sauce
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
You can watch our video as we make this homemade pizza recipe here!
Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
- Yield: 4 servings
1 onion, chopped
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
2 (16 oz.) cans stewed tomatoes, chopped, with juice
1 (8 oz.) can tomato paste
salt to taste
1 clove garlic, pressed, or garlic powder (to taste)
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
- Crumble sausage in a 2-quart saucepan.
- Brown the sausage with the onion.
- Drain off the fat.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer for 1 hour. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Other Yummy Homemade Pizza Recipe Variations:
If you prefer a different spin on your pizza, you can modify the homemade pizza recipe any way you like. Here are some delicious variations you might want to try!
- White Pizza Sauce: One jar of Alfredo sauce or homemade Alfredo sauce in place of red sauce.
- Garden Vegetable Pizza: Thinly sliced zucchini, diced tomato, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper
- Greek Pizza: Black olives, artichoke hearts, red onion, and feta cheese
- Hawaiian Pizza: Ham or Canadian bacon and pineapple
- Meat Lovers Pizza: Sausage, salami, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon. Add any meats you enjoy.
- BBQ Pizza: Use chunks of barbecued chicken with your choice of vegetables.
- Garlic Pizza: Instead of a traditional tomato sauce, brush the crust with a mixture of olive oil and minced garlic. Then top as usual.
- Philly Cheese Steak Pizza: Steak, mushrooms, onions with White Pizza Sauce
- Mexican Pizza: Use refried beans for the sauce. Then top with hamburger, onions, jalapenos, cheddar cheese and, after cooking, top with lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream and black olives.
- Confetti Pizza: White Sauce, chicken, fresh spinach, tomatoes, garlic, onion, feta cheese and mozzarella
- Special White Pizza: White Sauce, spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms, fresh basil
Other Homemade Pizza Dough Uses
Use a pizza cutter and cut the rolled out dough into breadsticks. Bake according to the recipe until brown. Then brush with melted butter with crushed garlic in it and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. You can make one of the spaghetti or pizza sauce recipes from Dining on a Dime or use jar sauce to dip them in.
Use a pizza cutter to cut as with the breadsticks but, before baking, roll in melted butter and a mix of cinnamon and sugar. When done, you could drizzle with vanilla icing or dip in applesauce.
Make Better Use Of Your Pizza Cutter!
One of our favorite tools in the kitchen is our pizza cutter. A pizza cutter is useful for so much more than cutting pizza! Here are some ideas to use that pizza cutter to make life easier!
- Cut homemade noodles
- Slice French toast into sticks or small pieces
- Cut pancakes and waffles
- Cut brownies
- Corn bread
- Fruit roll-ups (may have to oil lightly)
- Hot dogs, link sausages
After a while, our pizza cutter wasn’t cutting so well. I realized it had been 10 years since I had bought a new one. Make sure you get a new sharp pizza cutter and that will make all the difference!
Here is the pizza cutter we have and recommend!
Here Are More Homemade Pizza Recipe Variations:
Homemade Pizza Calzones
Divide dough in half. Roll each half in a circle. On half of one circle, spread pizza sauce, toppings, 1/2 mozzarella and 1 clove garlic. Fold other half over and seal the edges. Repeat with other circle of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. When done, brush with butter.
French Bread Pizza Recipe
loaf French bread
pizza sauce (p.217)
Toppings of your choice: olives, mushrooms, peppers, hamburger, sausage, or onions
Cut bread lengthwise. Top with the sauce, then cheese, then topping or toppings. Bake in an oven at 350 degrees until thoroughly warmed and the cheese begins to bubble and brown, about 15 minutes. Serves 4.
Pizza Pie Grilled Sandwiches
(Try these in place of the usual microwave mini frozen pizzas.)
Margarine or butter
Pepperoni, sliced ham, or cooked hamburger
Mozzarella cheese slices
Spread one side of bread with margarine and place in hot skillet with buttered side down. Top with cheese and then add pepperoni or any other meat topping. Top with other slice of bread, butter side up. Cook as you would regular grilled cheese sandwich. Place pizza sauce on the side to dip the sandwich or spread it on the sandwich before cooking.
Breakfast Pizza Recipe
Start with any type of pizza crust (or canned biscuits). Sprinkle with 4 scrambled eggs, cooked bacon and cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Other breakfast pizza variations:
- Ham and eggs
- Sausage and sausage gravy
- Sausage and eggs
- Veggie pizza with eggs and veggies of your including mushrooms, onions, pepper and cheese
There are three pages in Dining on a Dime including this homemade pizza recipe and ideas for making homemade pizza. Here are a few of them:
Other Useful Homemade Pizza Ideas:
- If you have half of can of pineapple and a little bit of ham left, throw it on a crust with some cheese and you have a Hawaiian pizza.
- Do you have a couple of hamburgers, hot dogs or pieces of chicken left from barbecuing? Then spread your homemade pizza crust with barbecue sauce, onions and cheese.
- What about all of those garden veggies that you haven’t figured out how to use? How about a Garden Vegetable Pizza? Use zucchini, diced tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers.
- Pull all of those containers filled with small amounts of meat out of the freezer and use them with some cheese for a meat lover’s pizza.
- You can even make a homemade pizza recipe if you don’t have sauce. Just spread your crust with olive oil and minced garlic. Then top as usual. If you are out of pizza sauce and want to make your own, there are pizza sauce recipes in Dining on a Dime on pages 217 and 220. I have included one of them below.
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